Julie Ross

Julie has done mission-driven and non-profit work throughout her career, most significantly through Kiva, the crowdsourced microlending web-based nonprofit. With Kiva, Julie was first based in Rwanda and Tanzania as a Kiva Fellow, and then relocated to San Francisco to run the Kiva Fellows Program prior to transitioning into a Product Management role. After designing the administrative software used in >80 countries for Kiva, she joined the KIPP Foundation to shift her focus from international microfinance to domestic education. From there, she joined Illuminate Education where she headed up product management for the education technology company, designing the data and assessment platform and the student information system. After years of noticing that she loved people more than she loved any one product, Julie attended grad school at Columbia to pursue a masters in Sociology with a focus on Organizational Behavior. She now serves as a lead at Google in People Operations, managing the teams responsible for creating magical experiences for Leadership candidates. Previously in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill for a freshman Congressman from Ohio and on a Congressional campaign in Virginia. Julie is committed to the work of Acknowledge Alliance both as a result of her education technology background and as an outcome of her masters in which she extensively studied gendered labor and the role of educators in U.S. society. She is committed to increasing psychological safety and emotional intelligence and investing in teachers to improve teacher satisfaction and tenure.